by JoAnne Skelly

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December 24, 2012
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Sheltering frogs and toads in winter

A caller recently asked me “What happens to frogs and toads during the winter and can we do anything to help them survive?” Since these amphibians are cold-blooded, they go inactive for months during the coldest part of the year, hibernating for long periods by reducing their body temperature, metabolic rate and activity. They then live on energy reserves until the weather turns favorable again. For example, the American toad digs a burrow in which to spend the winter. Other frogs or toads find a crevice in which to overwinter or bury themselves under leaves.Some Northern Nevada frogs and toads …

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